WONDERFUL BOOK! I read this book in one day, and could not put it down until I had finished it. One minute you're crying, the next you're laughing, the next you're troubled, etc. The story revolves around a single Indian woman who contemplates committing suicide, attempts it, is found by her mother before she dies, is transported to the hospital, and once released to her family, she refuses to speak; instead just cooking up a storm and creating new recipes. The story is sort of told from all angles of the family and takes on the issues of Indian women, etc. Very excellent read!
I loved this book! I have never cried so much while reading a book before. All but one chapter way toward the end had me reaching for my tissues. I think I resonated a bit with the main character and her state of mind. This storyline was very different from others in the same genre I've come across. There was alot going on with many characters dealing with their own personal issues, very down-to-earth, not your typical "Bollywood" story with singing and dancing. There are very serious topics being looked at here: suicide, abortion, miscarriage, childlessness, infidelity, war injuries, physical disability. Not sure the ending was satisfying enough for me given the weight of the story behind it, but everything else really hit home.
Crazy is right. The heroine in the story does something really life-altering that brings forth all sorts of family secrets. If you're interested in Indians or the Indian experience in America, you'll like this book. This book seems light like it's a chick lit book, but it covers very serious topics like disabilities, infidelity, miscarriage, marital problems, the immigrant experience, trauma and its effects, etc. The author sprinkles various non-English words (I think the words are in Hindi), but most are easy enough to figure out from the context. I found it hard to believe the older sister would forgive the younger one so readily, but perhaps she's a better person than me.
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. I have never been a prude, but this gives a very wrong impression of American born children of Asian Indian heritage. It's utterly ridiculous that the author gives an amoral story a happy ending.